SKIP TO CONTENT

gender

People use the word gender to indicate your biological sex or your sense of being female, male, or a combination of both. Danica Patrick is someone who has broken many gender barriers by being a successful female race-car driver in a male-dominated sport.

If you've learned French, Spanish, or Latin, you know these languages assign genders to nouns, such as masculine, feminine, or neuter. Besides this grammatical use, gender and sex are very often used as synonyms in everyday speech. However, while sex refers to biological differences between men and women, gender is much more complicated and changeable, influenced by society, culture, and an individual person's self-identity.

Definitions of gender
  1. noun
    the properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive roles
    synonyms: sex, sexuality
    see moresee less
    types:
    show 4 types...
    hide 4 types...
    maleness, masculinity
    the properties characteristic of the male sex
    androgyny, bisexuality, hermaphroditism
    showing characteristics of both sexes
    femaleness, feminineness
    the properties characteristic of the female sex
    virility
    the masculine property of being capable of copulation and procreation
    type of:
    physiological property
    a property having to do with the functioning of the body
  2. noun
    the set of cultural and behavioral traits commonly associated with one sex
  3. noun
    members of one gender considered as a group
    see moresee less
    type of:
    group, grouping
    any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
  4. noun
    your identity as it is experienced with regard to your individuality as male or female, both male and female, or neither; awareness normally begin in infancy and is reinforced during adolescence
    synonyms: gender identity
    see moresee less
    type of:
    identity, individuality, personal identity
    the distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity
  5. noun
    a grammatical category in inflected languages governing the agreement between nouns and pronouns and adjectives; in some languages it is quite arbitrary but in Indo-European languages it is usually based on sex or animateness
    synonyms: grammatical gender
    see moresee less
    types:
    feminine
    a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to females or to objects classified as female
    masculine
    a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to males or to objects classified as male
    neuter
    a gender that refers chiefly (but not exclusively) to inanimate objects (neither masculine nor feminine)
    type of:
    grammatical category, syntactic category
    (grammar) a category of words having the same grammatical properties
Word Family
EDITOR’S CHOICE

Test prep from the experts

Boost your test score with programs developed by Vocabulary.com’s experts.

  • Proven methods: Learn faster, remember longer with our scientific approach.
  • Personalized plan: We customize your experience to maximize your learning.
  • Strategic studying: Focus on the words that are most crucial for success.

SAT/PSAT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 8 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

TOEFL

$29.95
  • Number of words: 500+
  • Duration: 10 weeks or less
  • Time: 1 hour / week

ACT

$29.95
  • Number of words: 700+
  • Duration: 10 weeks
  • Time: 1 hour / week